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- EMC vs. HPE: The Difference Between Customer and Revenue Focus Sep 15 Programs for building affinity between a brand and a customer aren't uncommon. Enterprise vendors have events, both large and small, that talk about technology but are often mostly focused on just getting to know customers and making them love the brand. One of the few companies that seem to get this right is EMC, which knows what its customers like and makes sure it keeps doing it. It knows what its customers hate and does what it takes to fix the aggravation.
- IBM and NVIDIA Move to Corner the Enterprise Market for AI Sep 12 A number of coming technologies will undoubtedly change the world as we know it. Two came to light last week while I was trying, and failing, to enjoy an infrequent vacation. One is a power storage technology that has high capacity and doesn't catch fire or explode like lithium ion batteries. The other, and far more important, is artificial intelligence (AI), which has the potential to change our lives for the better or worse, but dramatically either way. An alliance between two of the most powerful companies in this race, IBM and NVIDIA, was announced last week around a small, intelligent, rack-mounted server called the Power System S822LC. This was part of a three-server launch last week and I think the implications are really interesting. NVIDIA is naturally very excited about this. Let's explore why this partnership between two powerhouses could be really interesting.
- What I'm Looking for at IBM Edge: A Touch of Amazing Sep 5 I'm not a huge fan of vendor events, largely because I go to a lot of them and, after a wave of them, I tend to be a homesick mess. That isn't true of IBM Edge, however, because this event tends to embody much of what makes IBM a company to admire. From the name, which speaks to how the company is developing technology to give its customers an "edge," to content that spans from infrastructure to AI, Edge is one of the few shows that captures the heart of the large enterprise.
- Why Tesla's customer loyalty ratings beat Mercedes CIO | Sep 16 Columnist Rob Enderle writes that marketing isn't about selling stuff anymore. It's about selling experiences. A recent trip made it clear that Tesla gets this and Mercedes does not.
- Why Citrix Is Better than VMware in Desktop Virtualization techspective | Sep 15 I'm at a Citrix event this week and, as you would expect, Citrix is outspoken on the subject of its competitive advantages over VMware. It has a pretty impressive list. But, to be fair, you typically get these from any vendor who has claims like this. Several times I've actually seen lists like this that include the name of the company as an advantage which likely does actually make sense for firms like Intel, but never works for smaller companies (Citrix didn't do this). As a result, I kind of take these things with a huge amount of skepticism both because the lists are biased and because they represent a period in time. On this last, for instance, firms often emulate each other and just because a product doesn't have a feature when the chart was made doesn't mean the firm hasn't released it by the time you actually see the chart. As a result, I look for a sustaining advantage, what strategic advantage does the firm have to ensure it will remain in the lead when I actually deploy the offering.
- Citrix, Microsoft and Netscape: Revisiting History Datamation | Sep 14 Citrix and Netscape chose opposite approaches to dealing with Microsoft, and things are working out much better for Citrix.
- Why HP Inc. is Moving to Consolidate Printer Market! TMCnet | Sep 13 This week HP bought Samsung's printer business which may seem anything but a no-brainer because the printer market has been in decline for the last decade. Why would you buy a declining business? There is actually method behind this seeming madness and it comes down to where the firm is in the market, where the profit is and how fast the market is declining. Let me walk you through the market dynamics and why this actually does make sense for Samsung to exit and HP to double down.
- Smart car gold rush sparks Japan takeover of US chipmaker Financial Review | Sep 14
- Autopilot Changes Could Boost Confidence in Tesla Sci-Tech Today | Sep 14
- Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 problems are getting worse USA Today | Sep 13
Rob Enderle on…
AMD and its Zen next-generation microprocessor core
"AMD has a chance to come in and snipe because Intel has put most of its attention on everything but PCs at the moment."
Cisco and its job cuts
"The company is undergoing a massive change, and Robbins clearly has rolled up his sleeves to get it (job cuts) done quickly. This is the first major phase of Cisco's change, and we won't get a good sense for how well it worked until around a year after it's done."
Cisco Systems' restructuring to cut 5500 jobs San Jose Mercury News
Microsoft acquiring livestream startup Beam
"The e-sports segment is really starting to pick up, and Beam should make the Xbox platform a stronger player in this increasingly social game-playing venue. Beam is part of Microsoft's strategy to make sure they have a strong solution when the market is ready for it."
Microsoft to Add Beam's Live-Streaming Skills to Xbox TechNewsWorld
Facebook's fight against News Feed clickbait
"Folks will game around this..." [Like many other attempts to rid the Web of bad actors,] "this will be like whack-a-mole. It would be better to focus on user behavior and help users flag and report clickbait attempts. This would go to the heart of the issue in a sustaining way."
Facebook Aims to Scrub Clickbait From News Feed E-Commerce Times
Potential of Tesla energy management software covering home appliances
"It moves Tesla from being a car company to being a home automation company, and a powerful one ... That brings them much closer to their customers, far more than any other car company. That's something no one else has."
Salesforce's acquisition of Quip
[Salesforce also went head-to-head with Microsoft recently in bidding wars over LinkedIn. Microsoft ultimately won that contest, but now Salesforce is] "dropping solidly into Office territory with a word processor. This would imply a much stronger Office competitor in Salesforce's future."
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